Nearly 700,000 More Kids Living in Low-Income Working Families

Posted April 14, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

It’s a fact: Low-income working families with kids are becoming more commonplace in the United States today.

More specifically: Low-income working families with kids now make up 23% of the American public. This statistic has risen 3% — and 674,000 kids — since 2008. Even more, these families now represent a larger slice of the nation’s population pie than they have at any point prior in the last six years.

America’s growing pool of low-income working families suggests that too many parents are still toiling away in jobs that pay insufficient wages, say experts.

The proportion of kids living in these financially fragile families varies by state. About one in three kids (29%) are from low-income families in Idaho versus nearly one in seven kids (14%) in New Hampshire.

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center for more economic well-being statistics at the state and national level.

Low-income working families with children
Children living in low-income households where no adults work
Children ages 6 to 12 with all available parents in the labor force
Young adults ages 18 to 24 who are enrolled in or have completed college
Children living with neither parent

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